New Quarter Park to Host ‘Walk and Talk’ Education Hikes

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New Quarter ParkNew Quarter Park’s “Walk and Talk” series will continue in the month of August with two programs to take place Au. 15 and 22.

The Aug. 15 “Walk and Talk” will be led by Matthias Leu, a biology professor at the College of William & Mary who will be discussing deer and ticks.

Participants can expect to learn more about the relationship between these two organisms and the diseases they can carry and transmit to one another and to humans. The effects these creatures can have on other animals, such as birds and small mammals, will also be highlighted.

Naturalist Vicki Shufer will lead a “Walk and Talk” to the “pawpaw patch” Aug. 22.

Since pawpaws are a relatively unknown wild fruit, the topic of discussion en route to the patch will be all about edible plants.

At the patch participants will have the opportunity to gather the fruits, which they will then take back to the park’s picnic shelter to mash into yogurt smoothies.

Both programs, which run from 10 a.m. to noon, are free and open to the public. For more information, interested parties can call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500.